— Jeremy Barewin joined AARP Iowa as associate state director of communications and outreach in late September. A Drake University graduate, Barewin brings more than 15 years of experience in communications and marketing to AARP Iowa, having spent the last decade working for healthcare organizations in the Chicago area. “Jeremy is a welcome addition to the AARP Iowa professional staff,” said Kent Sovern, AARP Iowa State Director. “He is a much respected and highly skilled communications professional with unique expertise in …

— AARP Iowa is working with employers to help them understand and support employees who also serve as unpaid family caregivers. The goal is to identify resources that can help not only caregivers but employers, as well. Six out of 10 caregivers are employed, and many also spend 20 to 40 hours per week on caregiving tasks. Their dual roles can adversely affect business if the burden leads to greater absenteeism, diminished productivity, declining morale and requests to reduce work hours. …

— The state population is aging, and financial crimes against older people are a growing concern. Thirty-seven percent of fraud complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission in 2015 came from consumers 60 and older. To combat the problem, AARP Iowa has trained a team of Fraud Watch Network volunteers, who make presentations to church groups, senior centers, service organizations and other community groups across the state. The AARP state office wants to expand the number of organizations reached in 2017. …

— AARP Iowa’s top legislative priority in 2017 will be passage of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act. The legislation would provide training and support for family caregivers when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. A recent AARP survey of Iowa voters 45 and older showed strong support for key provisions in the bill: A family caregiver’s name would be included in a patient’s record upon hospital admission (84 percent); the designated caregiver would be notified before …